Women’s Basketball Ends Season With a Loss in Reno

SUU’s women’s basketball ended their season Monday night with a 49-59 loss to the Idaho State University Bengals during the Big Sky Conference Basketball Championships in Reno, Nevada.

Despite keeping pace with the Bengals for the first quarter, the Thunderbirds were unable to take a lead after Idaho State scored 17 points in six minutes during the second quarter.

Sophomore guards Ashley Larsen and Skylee Doman were both seemingly injured during the first half, with Doman needing help to walk off the court. Both athletes returned during the second half and went on to become two of the leading scorers of the game for SUU, but could not secure a win for the Thunderbirds.

This was the last time on the court for center Whitney Johnson, who will be graduating with her Masters in Business Administration in May.

“I’m really proud of Whitney and her leadership, and everything she’s brought to our team the last two years,” Head Coach Chris Boettcher said. “We’re sad to see her go, but with one junior and a bunch of sophomores and freshman and an incoming recruiting class that add to our depth and the ability to play the style we want to play for a longer period of time, I’m really excited about the future of our program.”

In her last game, Johnson led the team in rebounds, pulling down eight rebounds while putting up eight points for the Thunderbirds. This tied Johnson for scoring with Larsen, both coming in second to junior guard Breanu Reid’s 10 points.

The Lady T-Birds finished their season with a 3-27 overall record and a 2-16 conference record.

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Haleigh Clemens